By Ian Lucas, Tauranga, April 10th, 2013.
I attended a public lecture in Tauranga, titled: Enforcement and Liability – Environmental Law in the US, on Monday, the 18th of March. The Presenter was Judge Kirk Samelson from Colorado, who was visiting the University of Waikato under the Fulbright Specialist Program to present a series of lectures and workshops in environmental law. He spoke about the oil spills in Alaska (Exxon Valdez) and the Gulf of Mexico (Deepwater Horizon), and discussed enforcement and liability with regard to environmental laws. His presentation also examined hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” regulation in oil and gas drilling, and the potential for water pollution.
About 70 people attended. It was all quite relaxed and informal and the audience was allowed to interrupt or ask questions at any time. Judge Samelson did seem to have a keen interest in fracking and showed concern over the risks involved. Anyway, the talk was only to run for one hour and towards the end of the hour, I raised my hand and said that it was good to hear of these various government and state departments and their efforts in looking after the environment. I then said that the government however, was the biggest offender. Judge Samelson seemed to give an approving smile. I then asked the good man if he was aware of chemtrails, to which he replied by giving a nod of the head. To my amazement, not one person in the audience looked around to see who was speaking or in fact said anything. So, in the space of a minute or two, I gave a quick history and overview of the situation – and again, there was no input from anyone else in the audience.
When the meeting came to an end, we went out into the foyer for supper and a chat. Now, on the way out, I was bailed up at the door by an elderly gentlemen who asked me about these chemtrail things, which he had never heard of before. He considered himself pretty up-to-date with much everything that was going on, so was taken aback a bit by all I had to say. I wrote down the titles of the two main docos of Michael Murphy’s, What – and Why In The World Are They Spraying? and told him about Northland NZ Chemtrails Watch...
When I had an opportunity, I spoke to Kirk Samelson and asked him what he knew about chemtrails. It was incredible when he admitted he had heard of them for the first time only a few days earlier. He had been staying with family down in the Blenheim region and was out for a walk in the country with his daughter-in-law. He went to pick some wild blackberries but the daughter-in-law told him not to because of the contamination from the aerial spraying. He thought she meant top-dressing, but no she was referring to chemtrails. There were planes flying very high up that sprayed toxic spray all over the region, people called them “chemtrails” and they were making people sick. Apart from that, she didn’t seem to know very much more. He said it was amazing to have to come to New Zealand to hear about these issues. So I told him a lot more about what was happening globally, particularly in the US and the following day had various links to documentaries and articles to send to him. I would love to know what he thinks of all this, now that he is back home. I may do a follow-up at some stage
I came home feeling we had done a good job that night in raising awareness of the chemtrail issue.